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General Disney Trivia and Games Discuss This Day in Disney History in the Trivia and Games Forums forums; January 12 1957: Academy Award-winning director-writer-producer John Lasseter (of Disney/Pixar's Toy Story films) is born in Hollywood, California. He will work at Disneyland as a Jungle Cruise skipper before starting ...
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    1957:
    Academy Award-winning director-writer-producer John Lasseter (of Disney/Pixar's Toy Story films) is born in Hollywood, California. He will work at Disneyland as a Jungle Cruise skipper before starting his career in animation.

    2007:
    Disney Channel's newest series Cory in the House (a spinoff of That's So
    Raven) premieres. Cory, which marks Disney Channel's first-ever series spinoff, features Raven's Kyle Massey and Rondell Sheridan reprising their roles as son and father Cory and Victor Baxter.
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    1961:
    Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the voice of Princess Atta in Disney's 1998 A Bug's Life, is born in New York City.

    1966:
    Actor Patrick Dempsey is born in Lewiston, Maine. He appears as Robert "Rob" Philip in Disney's 2007 feature Enchanted.

    1970:
    Actor Keith Coogan, who stars in Disney's 1989 Cheetah and is the voice of Young Tod in Disney's 1981 The Fox and the Hound, is born in Palm Springs, California.

    1977:
    Actor Orlando Bloom - known for his role of Will Turner in both Disney features Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - is born in Kent, England.
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    1924:
    Actor Guy Williams is born Armand Joseph Catalano in New York City. He will go on to be the star of Disney's Zorro TV series.

    1926:
    Actor and author Tom Tryon is born in Hartford, Connecticut. Disney fans will know him as the TV cowboy Texas John Slaughter (shown on the Wonderful World of Disney from 1958-1961). Tryon is also the star of Disney's 1962 live-action comedy Moon Pilot.
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    1955:
    Despite plans to open Disneyland without it, Walt Disney decides to go ahead and have Tomorrowland built. (It will be completed in 6 months.)

    1975:
    The Space Mountain attraction (sponsored by RCA) opens in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Florida. The first official ride is taken by Colonel James Irwin, the pilot of the Lunar Module on
    Apollo XV. Also opening on this day in the Magic Kingdom is the Carousel of Progress, a Disneyland attraction that traces 100 years of innovations in electricity. Through a rotating carousel, the attraction carries seated guests into the homes of four generations of the same family from the days before electricity to the present

    1986:
    The third new Future World pavilion to be added to the original roster, The Living Seas opens at Disney World's EPCOT. The attraction features a 5.7 million gallon aquarium with some 8,500 living creatures.

    1999:
    The third (and final) section of Disney World's All-Star Resort, The All-Star Movies Resort (located at 1901 W. Buena Vista Drive) opens.

    2007:
    Disney/Pixar's Cars wins Best Animated Feature Film at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards. It is the first ever given in the new category of Best Animated Feature. John Lasseter accepts the award.
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    1963:
    Disney's live-action feature film Son of Flubber, starring Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olsen, and Ed Wynn, is generally released. (It is a sequel to the film The Absent-Minded Professor.)

    2004:
    Disney's animated Teacher's Pet is released. Based on the animated television series, it features the voices of Nathan Lane, Kelsey Grammer, Debra Jo Rupp, David Ogden Stiers, and Jerry Stiller.
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    1931:
    Actor James Earl Jones, the voice of Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King, is born in Arkabutla, Missouri.

    1997:
    The Department of Justice and the Walt Disney Company sign an agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure services to people who are deaf or hard of hearing at Walt Disney World attractions.

    2007:
    It is announced that the Disney Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast will close at the Alfred Lunt-Lynn Fontanne Theatre on July 29th 2007 to make way for Disney's next musical venture - The Little Mermaid.
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    1882:
    Alan Alexander Milne, creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, is born in Scotland.

    1913:
    Legendary actor-singer-comedian Danny Kaye, the host of the 1982 television program EPCOT
    Center: The Opening Celebration, is born David Daniel Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York.

    1941:
    Actor David Stollery, Marty Markham on Disney's Spin and Marty TV serial, is born in Los Angeles, California.

    1997:
    At Disneyland Paris, the Carnival Castle is officially unveiled for the park's 5th anniversary year. The theme is inspired by Disney's current animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

    2002:
    Disney's Snow Dogs starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. opens in theaters.
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    1924:
    Lillian Bounds from Idaho starts working at the Disney Studio in Hollywood. She had been recommended by her sister's friend - who is also an employee. Lillian has taken the job because it is within walking distance of her sister's house (where she is currently living) and doesn't require her to spend bus fare!

    1942:
    Award winning star of stage and screen Michael Crawford, whose CD The Disney Album was released in September 2001, is born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

    1951:
    Disney's Chip 'n Dale short Chicken in the Rough, featuring the voices of James Macdonald and Dessie Flynn, is released.

    1964:
    Teacher-turned-major league baseball pitcher Jim Morris is born in Brownwood, Texas. His story will be the subject of Disney's 2002 release The Rookie (starring Dennis Quaid).
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    1902:
    Actor Leon Ames is born in Portland, Indiana. His Disney credits include the live-action features The Monkey's Uncle, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, Son of Flubber, and The Absent Minded Professor.

    1930:
    Buzz Aldrin, the second human to ever step foot on the Moon, is born in Montclair, New Jersey. Over the years the former-astronaut will attend special space-related events at Disney theme parks - including the launch of Epcot's Mission:SPACE in 2003. It is rumored that the character Buzz Lightyear was inspired by Aldrin!

    1950:
    Disney's Donald Duck short Lion Around, featuring the voice of Clarence Nash, is released. Donald's nephews use a mountain lion costume to scare Donald away so they can grab a pie off the windowsill. Their trick is exposed ... but a short while later, a real mountain lion comes along!
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    1925:
    Actor Charles Aidman, who portrays Mark Twain in the 1981 TV special Walt Disney: One Man's Dream, is born in Indiana.

    1933:
    Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon The Mad Doctor is released. A spoof of the horror films made by Universal, it will be considered too frightening by the British censors!

    1956:
    Actor Robby Benson - the voice of the Beast in Disney's Beauty and The Beast - is born in Dallas, Texas.

    1998:
    The huge parking lot directly in front of Disneyland's Main Street entrance (in use since 1955) closes permanently. Now most guests will park in a massive new parking structure.
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    1934:
    Actor/director Bill Bixby is born Wilfred Bailey Bixby in San Francisco, California. He will go on to appear in Disney's 1975 film The Apple Dumpling Gang and direct the short-lived TV series Herbie, the Love Bug.

    1940:
    Actor John Hurt, the narrator of Disney's 2000 release The Tigger Movie, is born in England.

    1989:
    At Super Bowl XXIII, quarterback Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers declares, "I'm going to Disney World!" upon his team's 20-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
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    1979:
    The feature Take Down, released through Disney's Buena Vista Distribution company, is released. The drama, about a coach of a high-school wrestling team who tries to help one of his players, stars Edward Hermann and Lorenzo Lamas.

    2006:
    Monsters, Inc.: Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, a new dark ride, officially opens to the public at Disney's California Adventure.

    2007:
    Nominations for the 77th Annual Academy Awards are announced. The 13 nominations for Walt Disney Pictures include Cars - for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year & Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song), and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - for Achievement in Art Direction, Achievement in Sound Editing, Achievement in Sound Mixing &
    Achievement in Visual Effects.
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    1906:
    Director, animator, and future Disney Legend Wilfred Jackson is born in Chicago, Illinois. He will go on to direct over 60 Disney animated films including Cinderella and Lady and the Tramp, and
    contribute to early classics such as Steamboat Willie.

    1930:
    Walt Disney signs a contract with King Features to distribute his Mickey Mouse comic strip.

    1953:
    Musician Matthew Wilder, best know for his 1983 hit song Break My Stride, is born in New York City. In 1998 he lent his singing voice to the character of Ling and was nominated for an Academy Award for Original Music Score (along with David Zippel and Jerry Goldsmith) for his work on the Disney animated film Mulan.

    1993:
    Mickey's Toontown opens at Disneyland in California. Among the new attractions is Gadget's Go Coaster (a children's roller coaster based on Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers.)
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    1905:
    Author Margery Sharp is born in Wiltshire, England. Sharp's most famous work The Rescuers (a series about a mouse) will be adapted into 2 Disney animated films - The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under.

    1931:
    Actor Dean Jones, whose Disney credits include the live-action features The Love Bug, The Shaggy D.A., Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Snowball Express, The Horse in the Gray Flaneel Suit, and That Darn Cat!, is born in Morgan City, Alabama.

    1938:
    Passionate rhythm-and-blues singer Etta James - whose version of "It's A Small World/When You Wish Upon a Star Medley" appears on the CD Disney's Music From The Park - is born in Los Angeles, California.

    2007:
    Jim and Lisa Fouch and their children, Brad and Hannah from Michigan make history as the first Walt Disney World guests to win a night's stay inside Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom Park.
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    January 26

    1905:
    Character actor Charles Lane, the voice of Georges Hautecourt in Disney's animated The Aristocats, is born in San Francisco, California. Lane's live-action Disney credits include The Ugly Daschund (1966), The Gnome-Mobile (1967) and the 1995 TV remake of The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.

    1918:
    Actor Vito Scotti is born in San Francisco, California. His Disney credits include Herbie Goes Bananas, Herbie Rides Again, The World's Greatest Athlete, and The Aristocats (as the voice of Italian Cat).

    1926:
    Screen legend Paul Newman - the voice of Doc Hudson in the Disney/Pixar animated feature Cars - is born in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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